If you are aware of the beauty skincare regime, then you may have heard of the Korean facial essence. Not to be confused with toners or serums. Essences are like the middle ground between toners and serums. They usually aren’t as light and watery as toners, but they aren’t as concentrated as serums. Essences have similar benefits to serums. They are lower in molecular weight compared to creams, allowing for deeper hydration into the skin barrier. It is considered the MVP of the Korean skincare routine.
Sounds like a toner right? Not so, toners are generally used to clean up the last remaining bits of debris or cleanser residue left on the skin. They also add a bit of moisture back to the skin.
Essences are lightweight and packed with a concentrated blend of hydrating, anti-wrinkle and complexion-enhancing ingredients. Most essences ingredient list will contain hyaluronic acid and glycerin, both essential to providing your skin with ultimate hydration. So ditch those cotton pads and apply essences to your bare hands and gently pat the product onto your skin for full absorption.
But is essence for my skin type?
Korean skincare is versatile because there is a product formulated for every skin type.
Essences are especially great for those who have dry skin because of all the added hydration they can offer. Essences work on a cellular level by strengthening the skin barrier which in turn will improve sensitive or damaged skin.
If ageing skin is a concern of yours, an added boost in moisture can help alleviate the appearance of fine lines and prevent wrinkles.
COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence - Skin Barrier
Raved by Emily Ratajkowski. A very light weight essence to improve skin elasticity and moisture retention. This power essence also hydrates, balances skin tone, and heals scarring. With the added benefit of snail secretion filtrate, an effective treatment for stressed, red and sensitised skin. No snails are not harmed in the making of this product.
Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence - Dull Skin
A hydrating essence formulated with 93% micro bio fermented complex for instant skin benefits. The complex delivers moisture, brightening, nourishment to skin and increase elasticity. This natural fermented essence is highly absorbable and non-tacky.
Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence - Skin Barrier
An essence that keeps your skin hydrated and smooth. Snail secretion filtrate is used to repair damaged skin, fade dark spots and return moisture to skin. Antibacterial bee venom and botanical extracts help minimise redness and reduces acne scars.
Laneige Waterbank Moisture Essence - Hydration/Skin Barrier
A hypoallergenic formula using a unique 5-hour low extraction process to preserve minerals and potency of extracted vegetables. This essence is highly moisturising and highly absorbable to improve overall skin longevity.
Benton Fermentation Essence - Ageing
An anti-ageing essence that helps you achieve smooth and youthful skin. Packed with fermented ingredients such as galacomyces ferment filtrate and bifida ferment lysate to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dullness and uneven skin tone. With the added benefits of ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help boost your skin’s elasticity and moisture levels.